By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
Today, January 8, 2018, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that the OK2SAY student safety program has received 10,734 tips since the program began September 2014. According to today's press release from Schuette's office, "In 2017 alone, the program received 4,605 tips-up 37% from 2016. For the first time suicide threats topped the list."
Tips were received across 30 categories including the following:
- 1,205 tips on suicide threats;
- 961 tips on bullying;
- 456 tips in the other category, related to anxiety, stress, depression, harassment
- 390 tips on self-harm
- 311 tips on drugs; and
- 287 tips on cyberbullying.
According to the Michigan Attorney General's Office, “This program can be categorized as nothing else but a success, and it is a success because Michigan students are using it,” said Schuette. “OK2SAY has given students who previously did not know where to turn a confidential place to get help. I want to thank our presenters and the OK2SAY technicians at the Michigan State Police who make students feel safe and comfortable when providing tips. They are another piece of the puzzle that makes this program such a success.”